Upcoming Event - I'm Not Leaving: An Evening with Carl Wilkens

Upcoming Event - I'm Not Leaving: An Evening with Carl Wilkens


Friends, we are beyond excited about our latest upcoming event.

Several days ago, we posted a blog about Carl Wilkens, the only American to choose to stay in Rwanda during the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. (If you missed the blog you can read it by clicking here). Wilkens was living in Rwanda at the time with his wife and three children. When the genocide began, Carl made the incredible decision to remain in Kigali in order to help those he knew would be murdered if he left. It’s an inspiring story.

We are thrilled to announce that on Sunday, April 26th, at 7:30 PM, CT, we will be hosting a virtual viewing of I’m Not Leaving, a 40-minute documentary told in Wilken’s own words, about his experience. It is an unbelievable story of courage and sacrifice and we cannot wait to share it with you. Here is a sneak peek at the film:


Following the viewing, we will have a Q&A session with Carl himself. We want to hear about the reconciliation movement that has taken place in the years following the genocide. We also want to hear his thoughts on trauma counseling post-genocide, something that is near and dear to our hearts and one of the services we consider most crucial in the healing of the women we employ.


There is a small administration fee of $0.50 to register for the event, but you have the option of making a monetary donation in addition to the registration fee. 100% of all donations go to Handspun Hope.


And, to celebrate the event we are going to host two giveaways!



Over the next week, we will be giving away a traditional Rwandan peace basket. Hand woven and intricately designed, these baskets are traditionally used during ceremonies and weddings. We think they are the perfect giveaway item for this event. (The actual basket included in the giveaway may differ from the photo…but aren’t they beautiful?)



Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for details on how to win and don’t forget to register for the event with Carl Wilkens!